The Memorial and Museum is in the heart of the downtown. There is nothing like the Memorial Marathon Start Line with 20,000+ runners beside you when the call is made for 168 seconds of silence. It is also home to dozens of corporate headquarters and thriving businesses and of course the OKC Thunder at the Chesapeake Arena.
The Start Line sits in front of the Memorial in the heart of the downtown. You’ll be awe-struck with 20,000+ runners beside you when the call is made for 168 seconds of silence. It is also home to dozens of corporate headquarters, thriving businesses and of course the OKC Thunder!
The run takes you through the history, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping, and events in the area of Oklahoma City’s first wholesale commercial district. Bricktown is an entertainment district just east of downtown.
This district of Oklahoma City is small but carries tremendous historical significance as a center for jazz music and African-American culture. In the 1940s, it was one of the largest African-American neighborhoods in Oklahoma City and home to legendary jazz musicians such as Charlie Christian, Jimmy Rushing and Count Basie.
Located on more than 100 acres in NE Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma State Capitol is the only capitol in the world surrounded by working oil wells. One is even named Petunia #1, because it was drilled in the middle of a flower bed.
A neighborhood platted in 1926 dominated by Tudor Revival architecture includes stately mansions to bungalows. This is a historic preservation district surrounding a beautiful park lined with hundreds of supporters Marathon Sunday to cheer on runners winding their way through this quaint neighborhood.
Beautiful brick, stone and stucco houses run from NW 36th Street to NW 43rd Street and from Shartel Avenue to Western Avenue. You will see hundreds of spectators in their yards and in the park cheering you on as you run through this historic neighborhood.
Runners take to another tough hill fondly known as Gorilla Hill. Volunteers outfitted in banana suits hand out bananas to runners on race day. Even the host house is painted yellow and a 40-foot Gorilla is hoisted to greet you as you top the mammoth hill just blocks from the half way point of the Memorial Marathon.
The Classen Curve district in northwest Oklahoma City is quickly becoming the place to dine, shop and play. Featuring unique restaurants and boutique retailers.
An influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s transformed the area surrounding NW 23rd Street and Classen Boulevard into a vibrant enclave of Asian culture. It’s where you’ll find some of the best Asian restaurants in OKC including some of the most authentic (and delicious) Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific.
An urban lake bustling with life, rated as one of the best lakes for sail boarding. Boat docks, fishing docks, picnic areas, a nature trail, ten miles of walking/jogging trails, a softball field, a golf course, a model airplane field and a soccer field bring thousands to the lake area daily.
What started as 2,700 acres of farmland and rolling prairies has turned into a stunning city of grand homes. The tree lined meandering streets were designed in the 1930’s with the main purpose of slowing people down.
The Village is a 2.5 square-mile city entirely surrounded by Oklahoma City or Nichols Hills. This small but vibrant independent city is home to 9,000 residents, a host of corporate headquarters, wonderful family neighborhoods, parks and a variety of locally-owned restaurants and shops.
Mesta Park is a thriving historic community in the heart of Oklahoma City. The neighborhood was founded in 1902 and presents many examples of classic architecture from the early 20th century. As a modern community, many young families have moved back into this beautiful tree lined urban neighborhood.
Heritage Hills is a historic neighborhood located between NW 13 Street and NW 23rd Street. Today, Oklahoma City’s downtown renaissance is the model of urban revitalization for the country and Heritage Hills is only blocks from the cultural and economic center of the state.
Revitalized. Revamped. And really cool. Located just north of downtown, what used to be the primary location for the city’s car dealerships is now home to some of OKC’s best local dining, specialty shops and more. It is also the finish line area for the OKC Memorial Marathon where dozens of shops and restaurants serve as the backdrop for the resilience and rebirth of this City.
Since the Memorial Marathon is run on Sunday, more than 40 churches along the course change their normal worship routine to accommodate and welcome runners from around the world. So many of them have made it a part of their ministry to help host water stops, a pancake breakfast, blessings of shoes, pasta parties or work somewhere along the course. The Spirit of this city will not be defeated, our deeply rooted faith sustains us…
Best Places to Watch the Race!
THE START – Like no other in the world, as poignant and breathtaking as you’ll find.
BRICKTOWN – (Mile 1-2) As runners get settled in, anticipation is high. The race has not begun to string out yet, so the effect of seeing thousands of runners is stunning.
STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX – (Mile 3) The Oklahoma State Capitol is a beautiful setting and the ease of access make this a perfect place to view.
SPARROW PARK / EDGEMERE PARK – (Mile 5-6) Robinson entrance from 36th. Watch runners as the road winds through historic neighborhoods with room to view from the east side of park.
CROWN HEIGHTS / GORILLA HILL / IRISH ALLEY – (Miles 6-8) 38th and Shartel; just beyond the 1st Relay handoff and on to where the Half Marathon turns around at Bishop McGuinness High School. See wonderful neighborhoods and experience some incredible support and spirit as Half and Full marathoners get settled in.
NICHOLS HILLS / WAVERLY AVE. – (Mile 11) between Wilshire and Britton: From here, runners are well spread out and easy to view for this festive neighborhood atmosphere.
NICHOLS HILLS / GRAND BLVD – (Mile 19-20) Park at Nichols Hills Plaza or lot at 63rd and Grand. You can easily proceed downtown to watch the finish.
CLASSEN BLVD – (Mile 20-21) Between 63rd and 50th. This is a long stretch on Classen and includes the 20-Mile mark, which is an important point for the runners to have support.
18TH AND CLASSEN – (Mile 23-24) Just before the course turns east towards Broadway Avenue and finish. Historic Mesta Park greets spectators and runners, and leads to one of the oldest, most scenic neighborhoods – Heritage Hills.
THE FINISH – 12th and Broadway Avenue on South to the finish at 5th. See the mass of people on the straightaway, finishing to the cheers of enthusiastic crowds.